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"The cathedral is a good pile of building; two old towers stand on the north and south transept of the most ancient part. The organ is remarkably large; the diapason pipes fifteen inches in diameter, and set against the pillars of the church. The west front of the church is full of old statues. Many religious foundations in the city are converted into streets and houses, full of numerous families and thriving inhabitants, instead of lazy monks and nuns." [Dr. W. Stukely, 1724]
"In the east part stands the cathedral, originally a monastery founded by King Athelstan for Benedictine Monks, and made an Episcopal See by Edward the confessor, the building was carried on by Leofric, and various have been the after additions for almost 400 years, and yet the uniformity is so congruous as to appear like the workmanship of one architect. But we cannot speak of the external appearance in any other light than as heavy and unpleasant, particularly when viewed within the precincts; a very different idea is given within, in every aspect magnificent and pleasing." [Rev. S. Shaw, 1788]

Archives and Libraries

Exeter Cathedral Library - contact details.

Lloyd, L.J. The Library of Exeter Cathedral. Exeter: University of Exeter (1967), pp. 24, illus. (Reprint 1974, by Sydney Lee (Exeter) Ltd., with description of the archives by Audrey M. Erskine.) [Index]

Biography

Transcription of Oliver's Lives of the Bishops of Exeter, provided by David Snell.

Oliver, George, DD. (1861). Lives of the Bishops of Exeter and a History of the Cathedral, with an illustrative appendix. Exeter: William Roberts, Broadgate., illus. xiv, 529 pp. [Index]
Orme, Nicholas. Henry de Berbilond: a Vicar Choral of Exeter Cathedral. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 37, 1 (1992) pp.1-7. [Includes will.]

Cemeteries

Hewett, J.W. Remarks on the Monumental Brasses, and Certain Decorative Remains, in the Cathedral Church of St Peter, to which is added a Complete Monumentarium. Exeter Diocesan Architectural and Archaeological Society Transactions 1sr series 3 (1849) pp.90-128.
Hope, V. The Exeter Cathedral Monumentarium, 1956. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 27 (1956-58) pp.149-153.

Church History

Exeter Cathedral Guides - extensive information about the history of the Cathedral, rescued by David Snell from the Cathedral's former website.

History of Exeter Cathedral, by David Nash Ford.

Old Picture Postcard photographs of Exeter Catheral, provided by Adrienne Richards.

The Church Monuments Society website provides photographs and transcripts of the monuments from a small but growing set of Devon churches, including Exeter Cathedral.

Addleshaw, Percy The cathedral church of Exeter: a description of its fabric and a brief history of the episcopal see. - 2nd ed., revised. London: George Bell & Sons, 1899. - 113 pp. - (Bell's cathedral series)[Exeter Univ. Library]
Ashworth, Edward. The woodwork of Exeter Cathedral. Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. 1 ser, v. 4, (1853) pp. 323-331. [Index]
Britton, John The history and antiquities of the Cathedral Church of Exeter: illustrated by a series of engravings. Nattali, 1836. - 152pp: ill. [Exeter Univ. Library] [Index to 1826 edition]
Cave, C.J.P. Medieval Carvings in Exeter Cathedral (1953). [Devon FHS Library 726.6094235]
Chanter, J.F. The Customs and College of the Vicars Choral of the Choir of the Cathedral Church of St Peter, Exeter. Exeter: Wm. Pollard and Co. (1933). (Also Exeter Diocesan Architectural and Archaeological Society Transactions 3rd series 5 (1933).) [Includes list of priest-vicars 1559-1929 and lay-vicars 1559-1919.]
Crabbe, William R. Some account of the tomb of Bishop Bronescombe in Exeter Cathedral. Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. 1 ser, v. 4, (1853) pp. 228-237. [Index]
Curtis, Muriel E. Some Disputes between the City and the Cathedral Authorities of Exeter, Manchester, Manchester University Press (1932) 98 pp.
Doughty, Angela. 'Designed and executed by John Kendall AD1818': Exeter Cathedral's New Reredos. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.52-62.
Erskine, A.M., (Ed.). The accounts of the fabric of Exeter Cathedral, 1279-1353 (2 vols), Devon & Cornwall Record Society (1981-82).
Erskine, Audrey et al. Exeter Cathedral: A Short History and Description (1988). [Devon FHS Library 726.6094235]
Erskine, Audrey. The Closing and Reopening of a Chapter, 1646 and 1660. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.72-76. [Exeter Cathedral]
Fodder, Michael. Gates of the Close, Discovering Exeter, No. 8 (1996). [Devon FHS Library p942.35/EXE]
Hewett, John William A brief history and description of the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Exeter. Exeter: A.Holden [etc.], 1848. - 32p.[Exeter Univ. Library]
Hope, Vyvyan and Lloyd, John Exeter Cathedral: a short history and description. [Rev. ed.] (revised and extended by Audrey Erskine). Exeter: Exeter Cathedral, 1988. - xv,164p.[Exeter Univ. Library]
Lega Weekes, Ethel. An Account of the Hospitum De Le Egle, Some Ancient Chapels In The Close, And Some Persons Connected Therewith, Transactions of the Devonshire Association, (1912) pp.480-511.
Lega-Weekes, Ethel. The bishop's chapel of St Faith at Exeter. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 64 (1932).
Matthews, Betty. The Organs and Organists of Exeter Cathedral. (new ed.) Exeter: Dean and Chapter [1979?]
Oliver, George Lives of the Bishops of Exeter and a history of the Cathedral, with an illustrative appendix. Exeter: Roberts, 1861.[Exeter Univ. Library]
Orme, Nicholas. Exeter Cathedral - as it was. [Devon Books ref. DB031]
Orme, N. The Early Musicians of Exeter Cathedral. Music and Letters 59, 4 (1978) pp.395-410.
Orme, Nicholas. The Minor Clergy of Exeter Cathedral, 1300-1548: A list of the minor officers, vicars choral, annuellars, secondaries and choristers. Exeter: University of Exeter (1980).
Payne, I. Two Early Organists of Exeter Cathedral: Matthew Godwin and Arthur Cocke. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 35, 4 (1983) pp.133-42.
Radford, U. An Introduction to the Deans of Exeter. Trans. Devon Assoc. 87 (1955) pp.1-24.
Reynolds, Herbert Edward The use of Exeter Cathedral, according to John de Grandisson, Bishop 1327-1367. Abstract of Chapter Acts and other documents illustrating the history of the Church and Diocese of Exeter 1380-1660. London: Church Printing co, 1891.[Exeter Univ. Library]
Rose-Troup, Frances. Bishop Grandisson: student and art-lover. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 60 (1928). [His gifts of books and vestments to Exeter cathedral, and accounts of decorative work done for him in the cathedral]
Rose-Troup, Frances. Ancient monastery of St Mary and St Peter at Exeter [680-1050]. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 63 (1931).
Thompson, Arthur H. The Cathedral Church of St Peter in Exeter, (1949). [Devon FHS Library p942.35/EXE]
Westall, Wilfrid. The Life of Exeter Cathedral, Jarrold & Son (1960) 32 pp. [ISBN B0000CKONX] [Devon FHS Library p942.35/EXE]
Worth's Guide to the Cathedral and other Attractions of Old Exeter, (1894) Folding plan, (12) + 1 + 78 + 20 p.

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1593 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1593 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): St Peter Cathedral Christenings 1594-1837 and Marriages 1597-1837.

A scanned copy of the Devon & Cornwall Record Society publication, The Registers of the City of Exeter, Vol. 1: the Cathedral, is provided by Nigel Batty-Smith.

Hyde, Henry Barry An alphabetical list of the members of the ancient canonical fellowship known as the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter in Exeter: collected from the muniments and records of the Dean and Chapter and of the See of Exeter, as well as from the published records of the kingdom. [Exeter, ca.1932]. - 2 v.[Exeter Univ. Library]
Reynell-Upham, W.V. and Tapley-Soper, H. The Registers of the City of Exeter, Vol. 1: the Cathedral Devon & Cornwall Record Society (1910) [Westcountry Studies Library, Exeter Cathedral Library, Exeter University Library, Plymouth Library, Torquay Library] [Available on CD-ROM from S & N Genealogy Supplies]
Thompson, Arthur Huxley The Story of Exeter Cathedral: the cathedral church of St. Peter in Exeter. (1933). [SoG Library DE/L 93]
Thompson, Arthur Huxley The Cathedral Church of St. Peter in Exeter: its history, its mediaeval glass, its treasures, its customs. Exeter: Printed by James Townsend & Sons, 1949. - 48 pp., [6] leaves of plates.[Exeter Univ. Library]
The Deanery of Christianity [The City Of Exeter] CD018, Devon Family History Society (2008). [Allhallows Goldsmith Street: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1561-1837), Burials (1813-1904); Allhallows on the Walls: Baptisms (1824-1839), Marriages (1805-1811 and 1836), Burials (1824-1837); Bedford Precinct: Baptisms (1833-1839), Marriages (1833-1839); Exeter Cathedral: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1755-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Holy Trinity: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. David: Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Edmund: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. George: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. John: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Kerrian: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1810-1837), Burials (1813-1838); St. Lawrence: Baptisms (1813-1837), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Leonard: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1755-1837), Burials (1780-1837); St. Martin: Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1836), Burials (1813-1837); St. Mary Arches: Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Mary Major: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Mary Steps: Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Olave: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1816-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Pancras: Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837); St. Paul: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1562-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Petrock: Baptisms (1813-1842), Marriages (1754-1836), Burials (1770-1837); St. Sidwell: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Stephen: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Heavitree: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Exeter Non-conformist chapels - Bow Meeting House: Burials (1748-1824); Castle Street Independent Chapel: Burials (1800-1836); George Meeting House Presbyterian: Burials (1818-1822 and 1837); Mint Meeting House Presbyterian: Burials (1709 and 1773-1810); Mint Methodist Chapel: Burials (1818-1829); South Street Baptist Church: Burials (1783-1837); Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850].

Gazetteers

The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.

Genealogy

The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Terry Blackmore, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: BMDs.)

Jones, W. John Bury, Canon-residentiary of Exeter Cathedral, and his sons-in-law and descendants, Notes and Gleanings . . . Devon and Cornwall 4, 1891, pp. 65-71.
Lepine, David N. The Courtenays and Exeter Cathedral in the later middle ages, Trans. Devon. Assoc. 124, 1992, pp. 41-58.

Heraldry

Dymond, Robert. Heraldic Discovery in Exeter Cathedral. Trans. Devon Assoc. vol. 9, (1877), pp. 301-305.. [Index]

History

Thurmer, John. Exeter Cathedral, Jarrold Publishing (1998) 32 pp. [ISBN-10: 0853728674]
Exeter Cathedral: a celebration. Crediton: Dean and Chapter of Exeter,1991, 230 pp. ill. (some col), facsims., plans, ports. ISBN: 0950332054.

Land and Property

Hughes, G.W.G. Number-seven, The Close, Exeter. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 94 (1962) pp.459-62.

Names, Personal

Militia List (1803) for the Cathedral, transcribed by Iris Sutton.

Probate Records

Transcription of the will of John Gybbons (1538) provided by Christine Gibbins.

Transcription of the will of John Leach (1613), provided by John Moore.

Fursdon, C.A.T. Index of a collection of Devon & Cornwall wills preserved in Exeter Cathedral, Typescript [1935?]. [D&CRS Library: R WIL] [Covers period ca.1580-1835]
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